10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Gol Stave Church

The Gol Stave Church is in the center of the Scandinavian Heritage Park which happens to be in the center of Minot. So, here are 10 things you didn’t know about the giant wooden building in the middle of town.

1. The church is over 100 years old.

2. It is a replica of the original that was built in the year 1250, that still stands in Oslo, Norway.

3. The church stands 60 feet high.

4. There are no nails in the building, it is all wood. At the time of the construction of the original Gol Stave Church, there were no nails.

5. The church has over 4,000 visitors every summer.

6. The Gol Stave Church seats 60 people and frequently hosts weddings in the summer months.

7. “The Last Supper” was hand-carved on the inside of the church by Philip Odden and Elsa Bigton.

8. The church is a memorial to the pioneer immigrants who uprooted themselves from Scandinavia to make new homes in North America.

9. The name of the church comes from Gol, which is a small town in Norway, and Stave Church means a medieval wooden Christian church building.

10. There are only 9 replicas of Stave Churches in the United States.

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